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Gotta say it. To gamble on a first time head coach at this time, with a program at this level? Crazy gamble. And if it goes poorly? Start the twenty year downward spiral. It’s not like he spent the last three years under Nick Saban. If this is real it’s crazy scary. It creates no buzz. Just hope and prayers. And what about offense? We’ll never see another 5-star on quarterback visiting our campus again. I’ll always be a duck lifer, but usc, osu, ucla and Washington are all drooling and hoping this is real. They’re ready to party if Monday comes and this is true. 

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Didn't Oklahoma - which has been in more playoff discussions than Oregon over the last decade - just hire Venables as the head coach?  Not saying that will turn out to be a good decision, but they're a program at this level and they just hired a first-timer...

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On 12/11/2021 at 1:51 PM, Muskrat said:

I’ll always be a duck lifer, but usc, osu, ucla and Washington are all drooling and hoping this is real.

I think uw's hire was way below Laning, especially recruiting wise; UCLA, mixed emotions from them, a large number wanted Kelly off their hands; OSU, 'nough said about little bro; usc only one with more name recognition, but that would be true of anyone we hire.

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How many first time head coaches have made it to the CFP or took their 1st program to the National title game? Ohhh. I can think of one. 
The difference between being a DC or OC and a head coach at this level is real. Nobody knows how he would do. Total gamble and looks like another 3-year crash and burn. How many mistakes can we make and still have talent look at Oregon seriously. 

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IMO a top 15 School like Oregon shouldnt have a problem hiring a proven head coach.

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Are you kidding?  This is a direct shot a Lincoln Riley. Lanning is going to be a great coach. He is an elite recruiter. 

 

Home run hire. On par with Brent Venables!

Mario set the recruiting bar high and Lanning is his equal. 

 

Now get Joe Brady as the OC!

 

Can hardly wait to go to Atlanta!

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Also if Im a DC I think it would be much easier to recruit for Ga than Oregon which is more known as an offense oriented program.

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Looks like hes the guy so we will wait and see what happens

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On 12/11/2021 at 1:51 PM, Muskrat said:

Gotta say it. To gamble on a first time head coach at this time, with a program at this level? Crazy gamble. And if it goes poorly? 

Uh, didn't we just gamble on a second-time head coach?

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Lets win some games, if he does that Im on board

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Here's an idea: lets give him a chance....lets see how the players react. After all, all great head coaches were at one time coordinators and after the silliness about say Wilcox or for good grief a one year Bellotti deal how about we see what he has to offer.....If Lanning's the guy lets back him up....hell, he might be great.

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On 12/11/2021 at 2:17 PM, 1Ducker1 said:

Also if Im a DC I think it would be much easier to recruit for Ga than Oregon which is more known as an offense oriented program.

Ummm yeah, we used to be known for that.......I am fine with it and hoping as he makes a great OC hire.

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Yup. Now it is “a hope and a prayer”

If it works Phil & Co. Will look like geniuses. 
Im still feeling like this is a sad day for the program. Hope I’m wrong

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On 12/11/2021 at 1:51 PM, Muskrat said:

If this is real it’s crazy scary. It creates no buzz.

 

Not to put too much emphasis on Buzz, but the speculation of hiring Lanning has already created more of it than I believe the hiring of Brian Harsin would. Bringing Kelly back would generate Buzz, but I wouldn't equate that with it being viewed as a fantastic hire football wise. 

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I think this is a great hire. Lanning is the DC of one of the best defenses in the country. In fact, his Georgia team could be the National Champion this year. He is one of the best recruiters in the country, and for someone like him, Oregon is going to be an easy sell wit the recruits.

 

I don't agree that we will never see another 5 star quarterback again, but the fact of the matter is that we already have one in our stable just waiting for his turn. Defenses are what wins championships, and I haven't seen great defense at Oregon since the days of Nick Allioti.

 

The next key will be getting a blockbuster OC hire. I think this is going to work out really, really well for Oregon. I'm interested to see how many recruits, especially defensive players, jump back on the Oregon bus.

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And for the Record. 
I do appreciate everyones optimism 

Were Duck Fans. What else can we do. 
Go Ducks. 
I’m Out

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On 12/11/2021 at 1:51 PM, Muskrat said:

To gamble on a first time head coach at this time, with a program at this level? Crazy gamble.

 

The jump from OC or DC to head coach is quite normal in both college and the NFL...I mean, where do the head coaches come from?  If you only hire head coaches...eventually they all die!  😆  Then what?

 

Chip Kelly was OC...not at a big school, but New Hampshire before Oregon.  Rich Brooks had been position coaches in the NFL and a DC at Oregon State, but never had a head coaching gig before Oregon hired him. Kirby Smart was a DC at Alabama before being the HC at Georgia, and Dabo Swinney was the Wide Receiver Coach at Clemson before being elevated!  Ryan Day was OC before becoming HC at Ohio State, and that about covers a number of the top programs.

 

I see your concerns, but when a star shines so bright...the next step up is inevitable, and the question is...with which team is it going to be with?

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I think this is a prescient hire.  No one knows the future, but our new coach appears to be destined a part of it.

This is a better hire than Mario was in my opinion.

Go with youth and genius with a quality OC and matured assistants.

I'm all in!

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Only time will tell if this was a success for both him and the Ducks. 

He is from the Show Me State Im from the Show Me State.

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On 12/11/2021 at 2:35 PM, Muskrat said:

And for the Record. 
I do appreciate everyones optimism 

Were Duck Fans. What else can we do. 
Go Ducks. 
I’m Out

Muskrat, I respect your posts and your concerns, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by Dan Lanning.

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Go listen to some of Lanning's speeches.....like the one when he was a finalist for the Broyles award.  I find him to be super impressive and every person he has worked for has nothing but incredible things to say. He is one of the top recruiters in college football and like Cristobal can not be outworked.  Has 3 young kids and a wife he brags on more than i have seen any other coach do.    Sure , we need a strong OC....now let's go get one.  

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On 12/11/2021 at 5:16 PM, willville said:

Are you kidding?  This is a direct shot a Lincoln Riley. Lanning is going to be a great coach. He is an elite recruiter. 

 

Home run hire. On par with Brent Venables!

Mario set the recruiting bar high and Lanning is his equal. 

 

Now get Joe Brady as the OC!

 

Can hardly wait to go to Atlanta!

 

It's Brody. And I prefer he bring UGA OC Todd Monken with him?

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On 12/11/2021 at 2:07 PM, Steven A said:

I think uw's hire was way below Laning, especially recruiting wise; UCLA, mixed emotions from them, a large number wanted Kelly off their hands; OSU, 'nough said about little bro; usc only one with more name recognition, but that would be true of anyone we hire.

 

UW got a coach with one year head coaching expirence... Maybe two if I recall. 

 

Oregon gets a bigger name, a better recruiter and more potential upside due to his age. 

 

Next comes the big hires. Need a good offensive coordinator now. 

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Chip was a first time head coach. Ryan Day, Lincoln Riley, Gruden, what's his name at the Rams. etc etc etc ... Lots of great coaches started young and were successful first time head coaches. Some guys just have "it" .... and Mullens must think he saw that. 

 

Could it backfire? sure. But a "safe" hire would simply guarantee mediocrity. 

 

I applaud the hire. 

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On 12/11/2021 at 2:14 PM, 1Ducker1 said:

IMO a top 15 School like Oregon shouldnt have a problem hiring a proven head coach.

Apparently it does. 

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